Frequently Asked Questions

How does your low-residency program work?

Goucher's M.A.A.A. program is designed for working professionals. Students and faculty gather for a low-residency each summer, and both fall and spring semesters involve focused, small classes via distance learning. The low-residency is designed so that students attend classes and participate in other on-campus events for 9-days during late July/early August. Students attend the residency for three summers, with graduating students returning the fourth summer to present their major papers and to participate in a graduation celebration. 

Where can I stay during the residency?

Students have the option of staying on-campus in one of the residential halls for an affordable on-campus lodging fee, or off-campus in a nearby hotel or AirBnB. Students who reside in the area can also commute to and from campus. Meals are provided in the dining hall. The campus also offers a variety of amenities including a gym, swimming pool, and hiking trail. The campus is also an easy walk to restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and movie theaters.

What kind of equipment will I need for the distance learning program? 

See our Technology Requirements page for full information. If possible, students should plan to bring their laptops to campus during the summer.

Technology Requirements

How long will it take to get my degree?

Most students will get their degree in 2-3 years while also working full-time.  

Who are the faculty and how large are the individual classes?

The maximum number of students in a class is 12, but most have 6 - 8 students.  Our student-to-faculty ratio is 2 to 1. The Goucher faculty are distinguished leaders in the field of arts administration from all over the country. They bring a depth of experience that is invaluable to students. All faculty members in the M.A.A.A. program are currently working in the field of arts administration so their information is practical and current. The small size of the online courses allows faculty members to give each person the close personal attention that the Goucher program offers. 

M.A.A.A. Faculty

How much does the program cost? Is there any financial Aid?

Please, see our Tuition & Financial Aid page. Goucher M.A.A.A. students are eligible to apply for federal student loans, outside grants, and scholarships.  

Tuition and Financial Aid

What qualifications do I need for the M.A.A.A. program and how do I apply?

Admission to the program is granted to selected applicants whose academic and professional qualifications give promise of success in self-directed graduate study. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum of two years paid or volunteer post-baccalaureate work experience. Students who are citizens of or in residence in other countries must have the ability to function successfully in English. For complete information on the application procedure, visit our application page. 

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Can I begin the program in the middle of the school year, without attending the summer residency? 

Although students typically begin the program at the summer residency, our flexibility allows students to also begin in the fall, winter, or spring semesters.